—Southern Province Minister, Daniel Munkombwe, says the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) will not succumb to the pressure of United Party for National Development (UPND) in the province.
Mr Munkombwe says the UPND in the province and other parts of the country has lost its strength hence aligning itself with the MMD.
Mr Munkombwe, a veteran politician and former minister in the MMD government, says the PF is gaining more from the recent parliamentary and local government by-elections than the opposition UPND and MMD.
He was speaking in Sinazongwe district yesterday during the official launch of free medical camp service in Sinazongwe Township by Vice President, Guy Scott’s wife, Charlotte.
Mrs Scott, who is also Ministers’ Wives Club Matron, reiterated her organisation’s commitment to improving the welfare of women in the country. This was after she received and handed over a KR20,000 cheque to Maamba Coal Mine Health Medical Camp authorities.
“The PF will not succumb to UPND pressure in the province because the PF is now becoming a local name in most households and the political arena,” Mr Munkombwe said.
The minister said the UPND is under the illusion that it is more popular in Southern Province and yet the people have decided to support and work with the government of the day and largely because UPND is panicking.
Mr Munkombwe also thanked area Member of Parliament (MP), Richwell Siamunene, for his wise decision to accept a ministerial position and serve as Commerce, Trade and Industry Deputy Minister in the PF Government.
Vice President, Guy Scott, who attended the launch, said the PF was not politicking but it is determined to transform the country.
“PF is determined for serious business to develop not only Sinazongwe district but country-over and there is not politicking on our campaign promises. We know how to govern the people and we know what the problems our people faced within the areas,” Dr Scott said.
And Mr. Siamunene publicly pledged to diligently serve the people of Sinazongwe and the entire Zambian people at large in the two portfolios of MP and Deputy Minister in the interest of national duties.